Illnesses of the mind, often known as mental health illnesses, encompass a vast variety of ailments that can have far-reaching effects on one’s emotional, cognitive, and behavioral states. Illnesses of the mind include things like melancholy, panic attacks, schizophrenia, binge eating, and compulsive gambling.
Occasionally, a lot of people struggle with their mental health. However, mental illness develops when the symptoms of a mental health problem persist after treatment and cause significant distress and impairment in daily life.
Mental illness may make your life unhappy and challenging in many ways. The majority of patients respond well to a combination of medication and psychotherapy for symptom management (psychotherapy).
It would appear that superstars have it all: lavish mansions, oceanfront mansions, gobs of cash, flashy automobiles, and legions of devoted admirers. However, being famous does not offer any sort of protection from mental illness. Nowadays, many prominent people are speaking openly about their experiences with mental illness.
In sharing their experiences, they raise a positive understanding of contemporary treatments and the significance of loving support. Here are ten famous people who have spoken publicly about their own experiences with mental illness.
1. Chrissy Teigen-postpartum depression
In an essay published in the April 2017 issue of Glamour Magazine, Teigen, a prominent model, TV host, and wife of multi-platinum recording artist John Legend and Chrissy revealed her private life. I had everything I needed to be happy,” she stated. And yet, I’ve been miserable for the better part of the past year.
I’ve been suffering from postpartum depression, a fact which my family and friends have known since December but which I myself was oblivious to until then. In her last piece, Teigen detailed the reasons that compelled her to speak forward now. I don’t want those who have it to feel ashamed or alone, and I want others to know that it’s possible for anyone to experience it.
2. Demi Lovato-bipolar disorder
Lovato, now 24 years old, has been in the limelight and onstage since she was a teenager. At the age of eighteen, she revealed that she had been bullied, had been addicted to drugs, struggled with an eating disorder, cut herself, and suffered from depression. Lovato revealed her diagnosis of an eating disorder during a television appearance, where she also discussed her struggles with drugs and anorexia.
During that time, Lovato developed methods of dealing with adversity and gained insight into her own feelings. She finally felt emotions for the first time in her life. Lovato is currently serving as a public face for the initiative Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.
3. Steve Young-social anxiety disorder
As a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and a BYU alum, Steve Young appeared to have it all. However, Young reveals that he has struggled with an anxiety disorder for much of his life in his new book, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral. In a TV interview, he explained, “At its foundation is this urgency, like, I gotta make this happen.”
4. Donny Osmond-social anxiety disorder
Since he was a kid, local icon Donny Osmond has struggled with social anxiety when performing. In 1994, while playing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber, he finally admitted to himself that he had a problem and sought professional assistance.
Osmond has been a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America as an honorary member since 2004. “I want others to know that they are not alone and that help is available,” he stated.
5. Michael Phelps-ADHD
The American swimmer Michael Phelps holds the record for most Olympic medals ever won with a whopping 19. In addition, he struggles with ADD/ADHD. Swimming provided “a sanctuary, a place to burn off excess energy” for Phelps, who was “a gangly, hyperactive child who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of nine,” as author Patrick Barkham puts it. As trite as it seems, the Olympians with ADHD may serve as role models for a new generation of underdog athletes.
6. Dan Reynolds-clinical depression
Dan Reynolds, a member of the popular rock band Imagine Dragons, may seem to be living the dream, but he says he is “depressed as hell” despite his success and the fulfillment he finds in his work. Reynolds has been open about his struggles with depression since 2012. “That’s a frightening thing when you have everything that you could have wanted and you still sense an emptiness,” said one person.
“Oh man, if this doesn’t fill it, then I don’t know where to look anymore.” A desire to better himself has been stoked by his new responsibilities as a family man. It prompted me to take stock of my life and learn to appreciate it more fully.
7. Leonardo DiCaprio-obsessive-compulsive disorder
Oscar winner Bradley Cooper said he can’t help but repeatedly stroll through doorways and tread in chewing gum marks on the pavement. DiCaprio, however, has said, “I’m able to say at some point, ‘OK, you’re being crazy. Please refrain from constantly treading in gum marks. Don’t feel like you have to resort to extreme measures.
8. Daniel Radcliffe-obsessive-compulsive disorder
The youngster who, at age ten, made Harry Potter a household name had been fighting OCD since he was five. As author Alexandra Daluisio puts it, “Dan resolved to seek therapy when his anxiety prevented him from turning off a light for five minutes.” Radcliffe, at such an early age, saw that action was required.
9. Lady Gaga-PTSD
Lady Gaga has been successful in music and film, but in December 2016 she revealed that she has been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Gaga said in an interview that she was raped when she was 19 years old. She says, “Having experienced trauma myself has given me insight into the suffering of others.”
10. Adele-postpartum depression
This Grammy award-winning performer opened up to Vanity Fair last year about her battles with postpartum depression following the birth of her baby. Adele recalls, “After I delivered my kid, I experienced severe postpartum depression, and it scared me to death.” She admits she didn’t take any medication for it, she also didn’t talk to anyone about it. Her reluctance to speak up was palpable.